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Materials news, September 2018

Researchers have trained an artificial neural network to predict stable materials in two classes of crystals known as garnets and perovskites.

Microscopy technique reveals internal structure of reverse osmosis membrane

A novel electron microscopy technique has probed the internal structure of a polyamide membrane used for reverse osmosis at nanoscale resolution.

Polystyrene thin films are twice as good as absorbing impact energy as other leading materials such as graphene.

Rechargeable vanadium-hydrogen (V-H2) flow battery could be simplest option for renewable energy storage.

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Find out more about the recipient of the third Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal Award.

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Modeling self organization in magnetic materials.

Replacing metallic nanoantennas with silicon ones for perovskites in solar cells.

Assembly of cell-laden microgels for cartilage tissue engineering.

X-ray studies have revealed that the pathways lithium ions take through a common battery material are more complex than previously thought.

Tetrahedron nanostructures composed of certain metals can have a higher degree of symmetry than the geometrical symmetry of spherical atoms.

inexpensive catalyst for water splitting could support a future hydrogen economy by enabling hydrogen to be produced readily and inexpensively

Paradoxical symmetry in metallic nano-alloys.

Boride nanowires deposited on carbon fiber cloth could form the basis of high capacity, stable supercapacitors for energy storage devices.

Scientists have developed a novel 3D printing process for creating hydrogels with complex 3D shapes and motions.

Nanowires made of germanium and silicon allow individual electrons to be captured by a ‘quantum dot’ on which superconductivity can take place.

Lipo-hydrogel drug carrier for bone regeneration.

N-doped titania photocatalysts on oxidised carbon nanotube support show different properties and performance depending on the synthesis route that is used.

New approach uses hydrogen to overcome hydrogen-embrittlement problem in alloys for applications in extreme conditions.

Sandwiching 2D materials between 3D silicon bases and an ultrathin layer of aluminum oxide can reduce the risk of overheating in nanoelectronics.

A new technique can create an individual fingerprint of the current-carrying edge states occurring in topological insulators or 2D materials.

Adding a single layer of graphene on top of metal leaves being used for a coating process known as gilding doubles the protective quality.

Stress-corrosion cracking can occur when a metal is exposed to tensile stress and corrosion separately, as well as simultaneously.

Scientists have synthesized a novel organic/inorganic hybrid 2D material with promising electrical and magnetic properties.

A novel process for producing high-performance polymer gels combines spontaneous synthesis with fine control over molecular weight.

A novel, nature-inspired, microtextured surface can help to decrease frictional drag at the interface between liquids and solids.

The efficiency of perovskite solar cells can be improved by adding silicon nanoparticles with better light absorption properties.

Researchers have developed a new method for 'printing' large-scale sheets of the 2D piezoelectric material gallium phosphate.

As much as 100 times more heat than predicted by standard radiation theory can flow between the edges of two very thin semiconductor plates.

Novel composite membrane floats on top of the surface of water, absorbs sunlight, and produces vapor for clean water or to produce electricity.

High-entropy alloys made from metals known to form shape-memory alloys can produce shape-memory alloys that work at high temperatures.

Scientists have verified a key prediction from a 55-year-old theory about how electrons move through one-dimensional nanotubes and nanowires.

Conductive, ecoresorbable inks used in 3D printing to form circuits, inductive antennas, sensors and implantable electronic medical devices.

Network of isolated, individual carbon nanotubes could be ideal transparent conductive films for touch screens, smart windows, and photovoltaic cells.

Precision-synthsized porous graphene is transformed into a semiconductor and the most efficient filter.

Nanoscale diamond needles can bend and deform reversibly, like bristles on a brush, before breaking.

New strategies could translate exceptional attributes of nanoscale fibers like carbon nanotubes and cellulose nanofibrils into macroscale materials.

Iron-based metal-organic framework (MOF) has microwave-absorbing properties.

Universal adhesive made up of equal amounts of liquid and solid polymers works in both air and underwater.

Finding new electrode materials for next-generation batteries is essential for energy research.

Scientists have induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic ‘building blocks’ that go on to form stable structures.

Using computational simulations, scientists have discovered the process by which an iron-based superconductor collapses under pressure.

A new boron nitride lift-off technique could be used to produce tandem solar cells that combine indium gallium nitride and silicon.

Scientists have developed a new electron microscopy method that allows them to observe the crystallization process for 2D materials.

Find out who will receive one of the 2017 Acta student awards.

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